Before founding the Ammori Group, Marvin Ammori was perhaps the nation’s leading lawyer on the nation’s most debated tech policy issues–network neutrality.
Notably, while his work on the issue began with the very first network neutrality bills in Congress, in 2007-2008, he served as the lead lawyer for consumer groups, academic organizations, and entrepreneurs during the FCC’s Comcast/BitTorrent case regarding network neutrality. He drafted the original complaint before the FCC and led the innovative legal and political strategies to win the case before the FCC. Press described the FCC decision as a “major victory” for consumer groups and technology companies, one that observers had considered “unthinkable” weeks earlier. Allies called it “nothing short of a miracle in the annals of public interest communications advocacy” and the most important consumer victory at the FCC in over two decades; opponents characterized the strategy and execution as “clever and premeditated … very purposeful.” Lawrence Lessig, the Harvard professor and cyberlaw pioneer, wrote to the FCC: “In all of my experience reviewing government decisions affecting the Internet, I have read none that are more subtle and sophisticated in their understanding of the Internet, and few that are as important for setting the conditions under which innovation and competition on the Internet will flourish.” Jeffrey Rosen, writing in the New Republic, called the case a “model of the free-speech battles of the future.” In 2010, Mr. Ammori also argued the case’s appeal before the D.C. Circuit on behalf of intervening consumer groups and technology companies, including Google, Skype, eBay, and others.
Leadership on the issue of network neutrality required marrying many skills, from legal analysis to political acumen, from press strategy and coalition-building to technological understanding and persuasive policy advocacy. Leadership on this issue also required performance at the highest level, as the opponents of network neutrality pitted armies of experienced law partners at the top firms, former Congressmen, and public affairs veterans across the country against far smaller teams for the public interest groups and allied technology companies.